possible to round number and convert to string?

Jerry Hill malaclypse2 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 31 18:42:03 EDT 2009

On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 6:17 PM, Dr. Phillip M.
Feldman<pfeldman at verizon.net> wrote:
> I'd like to be able to convert a float to a string representation in which
> the number is rounded to a specified number of digits.  If num2str is a
> hypothetical function that does this, then num2str(pi,3) would be '3.142'
> (not '3.141').  I've been told that there is no such function in Python.  I
> tried to write this myself, but wasn't successful.  Any suggestions will be
> appreciated.

You should be able to do this with standard string formatting.  (
http://docs.python.org/library/stdtypes.html#string-formatting )

For example:
>>> from math import pi
>>> pi
>>> "%0.3f" % pi

If you need it as a function, you could do something like this:
>>> def num2str(num, precision):
	return "%0.*f" % (precision, num)

>>> num2str(pi, 4)

Does that do what you need?


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